During the past several years, I have rarely had a spiritually enriching experience at sacrament meeting. I am too distracted because I share a pew with the rowdiest people in my congregation. I sit with this irreverent lot because I am their mother. As I wrestle with my naughty children, I frequently fantasize about dropping my kids off at a nursery/primary/daycare/something-else-age-appropriate instead.
On the other hand, I know there are reasons for including the children in sacrament meeting:
- There is a certain inclusiveness about convening the whole congregation in one room.
- If childcare were offered, some adults would have to miss the meeting to provide the care.
- Some people have said that children bring a special spirit to the meeting. (I do not think these people were referring to my children, specifically.)